Among those placed into administration as the year drew to a close were south east groundwork specialist Gtek Construction and East Yorkshire’s Pocklington Steel Structures.
The collapse of both firms marks the end of a dreadful year for the civil engineering and constructional steelwork industries, which suffered several high profile business failures as suicide bidding and payment problems took their toll.
Gtek Construction was a well-established groundwork and civil engineering business operating mainly in London and the south east.
One of its big jobs included groundworks on Canary Wharf’s delayed Riverside South project, which will be home to investment bank Morgan Stanley.
In the north east, Pocklington Steel Structures also went under after trading successfully for around 15 years.
The Bridlington-based firm hit the headlines a year ago when it received a £15,000 fine for dropping a steel beam through an estate agent’s ceiling while working on a Premier Inn job in Preston city centre.
Other construction administrations
- Solihull joinery specialist Renov-8
- Cardiff’s Lex Construction Management
- Sunderland’s MBE Electrical Contractors
- London’s W A Construction Management